With Jaguar silent on the prospect of a E-Pace hybrid and BMW adamant it won't bring its X1 plug-in hybrid for China to the UK, Volvo looked to be ahead of those two rivals – and most others – having confirmed an XC40 hybrid some time ago. Even better, there is also a fully electric version on the cards.
Volvo is known for leading the way with technological advancement – whether that’s its safety systems or its relatively early introduction of plug-in hybrids in the premium market - but will quickly lose its advantage if it doesn’t get its hybrid or electric XC40 on sale ahead of the competition.
The standard XC40 doesn’t go on sale until next year, so don’t expect the hybrid to arrive before 2019. By then, an E-Pace and Range Rover Evoque hybrid (the latter of which was spotted testing this week), at the very least, will be hot on its heels.